Seems one of the iconic figures of the 1916 Rising was a bit of a 'wacist' himself?
At least according the the Irish Times Weekend supplement 16 March 2013
Diarmaid Feriter reviews Life, Liberty, Revolution by Gerard MacAtasney
He quotes from the book the following lines from a letter Clarke wrote when he lived in New York in 1900 and was thinking of moving to a different neighbourhood because:
'THERE ARE ANY AMOUNT OF N.IGGERS LIVING HEREABOUTS AND WE IRISH AS A RULE DON'T CARE FOR COMING TOO MUCH INTO CONTACT WITH THOSE ABSURD FOLKS'
I wonder what he would make of Parnell St today?
But I would be interested to hear what other Posters think of this revelation considering his place as a Republican icon admired both at home and abroad against the Occupation of our Country and the British Plantations here
Thomas James "Tom" Clarke (Irish: Tomás Séamus Ó Cléirigh; 11 March 1857 – 3 May 1916) was an Irish revolutionary leader and arguably the person most responsible for the 1916 Easter Rising. A proponent of armed revolution for most of his life, he spent 15 years in prison. Following his release he organised the Easter Rising, and was executed after it was quashed.
Tom Clarke (Irish republican) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the record I don't think he was a Racist